General Presentations

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A Call to Action for Advancing Indigenous Women in Education: Restoring Balance through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation  

“For our young women, for our grandmothers, for our women who travel with us, we are sacred because we exist. We are sacred because we have survived.” ~Excerpt from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report.

Throughout this session you will examine historical and contemporary issues, challenges and inequities for Indigenous women, including action to support reclaiming power and place. You will deepen your understanding of why it’s crucial to support Indigenous women and how you can contribute to restoring balance within education systems.

Apporter le soutien nécessaire aux enseignants en début de carrière

Cet atelier aidera les directions d’école à comprendre les besoins uniques des enseignants débutants et le rôle décisif que joue la communauté scolaire pour faciliter leur insertion professionnelle. Deux thèmes majeurs seront abordés : les recherches menées sur les tendances démographiques actuelles dans l’enseignement, et les stratégies pratiques gagnantes pouvant être mises en œuvre par les enseignants débutants.

Connecting to the Heartbeat through Powwow Music and Dance

Are you interested in learning more about powwow music and dance?   During this session you will explore the significance and meaning of components of powwow regalia, song and dance. You will learn about current resources to support your learning of powwows, as well as learn a few dance steps!  This session will provide you with tools and resources to explore in your classroom tomorrow. 

ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism 

This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as white privilege, systemic racism and assimilation.  Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Indigenous racism will be explored, and participants will be challenged to consider their own role in dismantling anti-Indigenous racism.  Educators will leave with a foundational understanding of anti-racism with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and will also be equipped with suggested resources for further learning. Note that portions of this workshop may be difficult for some participants, particularly for Indigenous Peoples and/or those who have experienced racism.

Empowering School Leaders and Inspiring Change in Indigenous Education and Reconciliation 

How are you inspiring and supporting your school community to engage in Indigenous education and authentically contribute towards reconciliation?  Learn how to continue to shift perspectives on how we view and meaningfully engage in Indigenous education within your school community.  Throughout this session we will explore successful strategies, effectives resources and connect with colleagues to learn promising practices related to:

  • Effective relationships with students, staff, family and community
  • Leading and learning Indigenous education and reconciliation within your school community

Engaging in Numeracy and Connections through First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Traditional Games

Did you know that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional games are great ways to make connections to numeracy?  Traditional games can provide entry points to deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and further connections to the land.  Get ready to learn about resources for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional games and how to create authentic learning experiences.

Explore, Create and Play! (Free, engaging, hands-on tools for your classroom)

Imagine your classroom with challenges to solve, opportunities to create and students who are engaged. In this session, participants will have HANDS ON experience with a number of engaging kits to promote interactive learning. Throughout the session, you will have an opportunity to EXPLORE, CREATE and PLAY! Any member can sign out all demonstrated kits and books FREE from the ATA library. Participants should come armed with a mobile device to navigate the Association library and begin requesting materials before they leave the workshop. Every teacher is guaranteed a take-away!

Graduating This Semester? This Presentation is for You!

Co-presented with Alberta Education, this workshop helps soon-to-be teacher graduates with applying for certification, salary evaluation and positions, and understanding employment, membership as well as teaching contracts and collective agreements.

La techno, j’en mange... et j’emprunte!

Au cours de cette séance, les participants pourront MANIPULER du matériel faisant partie d’une variété de trousses conçues pour promouvoir l’apprentissage interactif. Tout au long de la séance, vous aurez l’occasion d’EXPLORER, de CRÉER et de JOUER! Tout membre de l’ATA peut emprunter les trousses et livres présentés lors de la séance GRATUITEMENT auprès de la bibliothèque de l’ATA. Il est suggéré aux participants de se munir d’un appareil mobile afin de pouvoir naviguer dans le site de la bibliothèque de l’ATA et commencer à réserver des ressources avant même de quitter l’atelier!

Optimiser l’enseignement et l’apprentissage grâce aux plans de croissance professionnelle

Cette session offre à chacun l’occasion de réfléchir aux cadres juridiques, à la politique, et aux autres exigences relatives à la croissance professionnelle des enseignants; de se familiariser avec les composantes essentielles et efficaces du plan de croissance; et de découvrir les documents d’appuis et les outils à la disposition des enseignants pour élaborer un plan de croissance professionnelle. Le processus d’évaluation des enseignants et les exigences pour l’obtention du brevet d’enseignement permanent seront également abordés pendant la session.

Support for Administrators of French Immersion Programs

Administrators new to the French immersion program and administrators who want to remain current in recent French immersion program development, literature, student exchanges and teacher professional development opportunities are welcome to attend this interactive workshop. In addition to the above, we’ll identify issues and promising practices suggested in the revised Alberta Education resource Handbook for French Immersion Administrators

Weaving Learning Strands for Inclusive Education

The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to “establish, promote and sustain inclusive learning environments where diversity is embraced and every student is welcomed, cared for, respected and safe”. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of inclusive education, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional inclusive education learning journey.